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Te Runanga o Ngâti Whatua sign with Crown

Hon Dr Michael Cullen
Minister in Charge of Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations

Tuesday 14 October 2008

Te Runanga o Ngâti Whatua sign Terms of Negotiation with Crown

Minister in Charge of Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Hon Dr Michael Cullen signed Terms of Negotiation on behalf of the Crown with representatives of Te Runanga o Ngâti Whatua this morning, in Wellington.

"Te Runanga o Ngâti Whatua will negotiate the settlement of the remaining historical claims of Ngâti Whâtua and this means that we close an important chapter in the relationship between the Crown and Ngâti Whâtua and begin a new one," said Dr Cullen.

Te Runanga o Ngâti Whâtua’s area of interest is expressed as Tâmaki ki Maunganui i te tai Hauâuru and Tâmaki ki Manaia I te Râwhiti. The northern boundary is expressed as Manaia titiro ki Whatitiri ki Tutamoe, Tutamoe ki Maunganui. The southern boundary is expressed as Te Awa o Tâmaki.

"The signing of Terms with Te Runanga o Ngâti Whatua recognises the significant efforts of many people today. It is important that the final remaining claims of Ngâti Whâtua will all now be progressing to settlement," said Dr Cullen.

"Today’s signing is a welcome addition to the latest steps by the government to settle all historical Treaty claims by 2020 and is a positive and dynamic phase for Crown-Mâori relationships in New Zealand."

ENDS

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